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Senate Resolution No. 58

(By Senators Caruth, Fanning, Wells, McCabe, Kessler, Palumbo, Yost and Foster)

Memorializing the life of Glenn Thomas "Tom" Searls, reporter, writer and dedicated West Virginian.

Whereas, Tom Searls was born in Marmet, Kanawha County, the son of Glenn Cheetwood and Carol Canterberry Searls; and
Whereas, Tom Searls was a 1972 graduate of East Bank High School and was the editor of the school newspaper; and
Whereas, Tom Searls was a graduate of Marshall University and was twice elected president of the student body. He also worked as a reporter and editor for the university's newspaper, The Parthenon. Throughout his life, he remained a loyal Thundering Herd fan; and
Whereas, Tom Searls began his professional journalism career with the Welch Day News, Welch, West Virginia. He also worked for the Raleigh Register, Beckley, West Virginia, the Johnson City Press, Johnson City, Tennessee, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, West Virginia, the Dominion Post, Morgantown, West Virginia, and United Press International (UPI) in West Virginia and Ohio; and
Whereas, Tom Searls began working at the Charleston Gazette in 1991 and was assigned to the state capitol as a correspondent. He was well suited for the job because of his love of politics and history; and
Whereas, Tom Searls was well respected by his peers and was the recipient of a number of journalistic awards. He was especially proud of the winning the Al Nakkula Award for police reporting from the University of Colorado School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2000; and
Whereas, Sadly, Tom Searls passed away on August 14, 2008; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby memorializes the life of Glenn Thomas "Tom" Searls, reporter, writer and dedicated West Virginian; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Senate hereby expresses its sincere sadness at the passing of Tom Searls; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the family of the late Tom Searls.
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